The GOP letter signed by 47 Republicans has attracted criticism from a number of countries, citing the letter as an impediment to striking a deal with Iran. A group of nations including the U.S., the UK, France, Germany and China are in the process of negotiation with Iran to try and stop the latter from developing nuclear weapons.
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, “It would have been difficult enough without the letter of the 47, now it has become somewhat more difficult,” as quoted by USA Today.
Steinmeier is supposed to meet Secretary of State John Kerry before the deadline of framing the outline of the deal.
In a rare show of congressional intervention to undercut foreign policy, 47 Republican senators had sent an open letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” about the possibility of the President reverting the deal to an invalid status if not ratified in the House.
Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatolla Khamenei, regarded as the de facto ruler of the country and the one with the ultimate say over policy matters, said his country always honors international commitments irrespective of which government is in the seat of power.
He lamented that the “American senators officially announced the commitment will be null and void after this government leaves office. Isn’t this the ultimate degree of the collapse of political ethics and the U.S. system’s internal disintegration?”
According to Reuters, Khamenei said that he is worried about the Republican side’s intention, which he described is “known for opacity, deceit and backstabbing.” Americans, he described, are the hijackers of deals with Iran.
The GOP letter drew criticism from the French as well. A French diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for having no authorization to talk, said that the letter will make it harder for Americans to strike a deal with Iran currently underway.